Prince Charles and his wife Camilla concluded their Toronto visit on Tuesday night, boarding a plane at Pearson Airport after attending a ceremony at the Fort York Armoury.
Their Canadian Tour will continue in Regina.
They arrived in Toronto Monday night just in time to catch the Victoria Day fireworks, and opened the second day of their visit to Canada by greeting an enthusiastic crowd at the Ontario legislature.
The Duchess of Cornwall received flowers from a little girl after the royal couple was greeted by Lt.-Gov. David Onley and his wife.
Charles and Camilla then walked along the roped off crowd, shaking hands and speaking with some of their fans, including one woman who shouted to the duchess, “Thank you for all you do!”
Camilla spoke to several others in the crowd and accepted flowers from well-wishers before the couple left to attend the Lieutenant-Governor’s Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony.
After the ceremony, Camilla left to tour the Moss Park Armoury, while Prince Charles stayed behind for a small reception.
CityNews anchor Gord Martineau was among the guests.
“It was a privilege to be included in that group and to chat with the prince,” Martineau said.
“It was an honour to meet him. I was introduced as the media rep for Global Medic – founder Rahul Singh was awarded a medal – and Charles said, ‘yes, he’s trying to get me to go on one of his missions.'”
“I told him, ‘I think it would be a hoot, your highness.'”
Martineau said Prince Charles took the time to speak to every person in the room before heading to Ryerson University.
Camilla toured the Moss Park Armoury, where she inspected an Honour Guard from the Queen’s Own Rifles, for which she is the honorary Colonel-in-Chief.
After she unveiled her portrait, Camilla told those gathered she was “deeply honoured” to be visiting members of the regiment in person for the first time since her appointment in 2010.
“It has been a huge pleasure for me to meet so many serving soldiers, their families, and many veterans here today,” she said. “It is quite clear that your desire to serve Canada and uphold the standards of The Queen’s Own Rifles is second to none.”
Charles and Camilla met up again for a reception hosted by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at the historic distillery district and will visit the Fort York Amoury for an 1812 commemorative military muster.
Prince Charles also spent time at the Yonge Street Mission.
“You’ve heard fascinating stories, horrifying stories in many ways, about what people have had to endure in their lives and have been able to overcome them, very often in some ways with help from marvellous organizations — charities or inspiring people who have been able to encourage with new hope and inspiration,” he said.
On Monday night, the royal couple watched the show at Ashbridges Bay with Premier Dalton McGuinty, his wife Terri, as well as Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Coun. Doug Ford.
Joining them were scores of emergency services personnel and their families, who were invited as a gesture of thanks for their commitment to the community.
Charles and Camilla applauded at the final burst of fireworks, then made their way back to a boat.
The royal couple kicked off their Canadian tour Monday in New Brunswick. Under sunny skies, Charles and Camilla were given a 21-gun salute and welcomed by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, federal Heritage Minister James Moore and Premier David Alward.
Among the many events to kick off Charles’s 16th visit to Canada was a stop at CFB Gagetown, where he flew as a naval helicopter pilot in the 1970s.
Charles and Camilla later travelled to Saint John, where they walked along Prince William Street shaking hands and speaking with hundreds of people along the way amid a constant flutter of camera shutters.
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Here’s a look at Tuesday’s schedule:
10:10 a.m. – Event hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s Park
11:05 a.m. – Prince Charles tours the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University
11:05 a.m. – Camilla visits The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
12:05 p.m. – Prince Charles tours the Pan/Parapan American Athletes’ Village
12:45 p.m. – Government of Ontario Reception at the Historic Distillery District
1:50 p.m. – Prince Charles tours the Yonge Street Mission
3:30 p.m. – Prince Charles meets with Assembly of First Nations
6:00 p.m. – 1812 Commemorative Military Muster at Fort York Armoury
9:00 p.m. (CST) – Arrival in Regina